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Age of Heroes [Blu-ray] (2011)

Sean Bean , Izabella Miko , Adrian Vitoria  |  NR |  Blu-ray
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sean Bean, Izabella Miko, James D'Arcy, Danny Dyer, Sebastian Street
  • Directors: Adrian Vitoria
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Entertainment One
  • DVD Release Date: January 17, 2012
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005OTGS08
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #137,995 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An all-guns-blazing, World War II action epic based on the incredible story of the special ops division 30 Commando, which took on the Fuhrer's armed forces in a daring life-or-death mission.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful
I just watched the DVD version of this film purchased as an import from This is an absolutely fantastic film in the tradition of the great Brit war films made during the 1950s and '60s before political correctness ruined the genre. No moralizing here. None of this "the real enemy is us" crap. It is based on the true story of one of the first commando raids into Norway to capture secret German radar detection equipment. The actual team was formed by British spy novelist Ian Flemming (of James Bond fame). The action is taught and not overly gorey (in 1960s tradition). The suspense is thrilling and the storyline authentic. Sean bean leads a group cast which carries of the film wonderfully. They actually trained with British Royal marine commandoes to make the show authentic. Weaponry is also authentic, German lugars, MP40s and British tommy guns (Commandos did use those) and Lee Enfields (including a sniper version). Uniforms are also accurate (including not only the Brits but also German SS and Mountain troops). The only CGI I could see is of a night shot of a Halifax bomber delivering the team to Norway. I won't reveal the plot any more in order to not ruin the film. Bottom line - if you like war films, particularly world war 2 themes, and especially if you are a fan of special forces or British Ealing Studios films of the 1950s, buy this......NOW!!!!
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
I was really looking forward to "Age of Heroes" based upon the real-life World War II exploits of James Bond creator Ian Fleming. I've been a huge fan of Sean Bean for decades (not just since Lord of the Rings as is fashionable). 1988's understated gangster melodrama "Stormy Monday" is wildly underrated to my mind, and the long running Sharpe series is one of the most ambitious productions ever. I also like Danny Dyer whom I find inexplicably hilarious in even the worst of films. So I was intrigued to see these two actors, who have wildly diverse styles, collaborate again on a war film after the fascinating, but flawed, crime drama "The Outlaw." There is nothing particularly bad about "Age of Heroes," although it certainly would have benefited from a larger budget. It is, unfortunately, so utterly familiar. With so many World War II epics available on the DVD marketplace, nothing about this film particularly distinguishes itself as unique or special. It's competent, but exceedingly by-the-numbers. Sadly, as a fan of the genre and of the actors, I'm relatively apathetic about the film.

Bean plays a seasoned officer, Dyer a brash upstart. Through sheer determination, Dyer convinces Bean to allow him to join an elite squad of Commandos. I would never disrespect the actual people the film aims to represent, but I will say that (as depicted) this is one of the least special "special squads" I've ever seen. The intense training involves marching and learning to shoot a German Luger. Nothing is revealed about any of the soldiers to indicate just what makes them different from any other fighter. They are given a mission to surreptitiously invade occupied Norway and capture vital radar technology.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than i thought August 24, 2012
By Matt
I rented this movie thinking it would be worth a watch, and i was pleasantly surprised as to how good it was. By no means is it anywhere close to WW2 classics like The Longest Day or Saving Private Ryan, but it is a good movie that is definitely worth watching. Sean Bean does a great job as the lead and is rounded out by a cast of nobodies, but considering this was a low budget film, i would say it overachieved and became a solid film.

If you don't want to buy this film, then just rent it and give it a look, its worth at least that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good solid WWII fare October 6, 2013
Format:Amazon Instant Video
An episode of the war that I didn't know about, but was interestingly told. So this is what Ian Fleming was involved with. Reminds the audience of some of the hardships faced by the soldiers. No winter clothing, poor communication, extraction upon pleading. Still at war, but big differences.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Average war movie April 1, 2012
Format:Amazon Instant Video
It is an average quality war movie. I think it is despite some accounts a fictional account as I cannot find any reference to such a raid in Norway about radar. As far as the plot is concerned it is a difficult mission of great importance to the war effort. Overall, the story is okay.

The characterization was fairly ordinary. There was no one I thought was particularly interesting.

If I had to say what let it down, I would say the acting. I thought it quite bad. No one impressed me with their performance. Probably, the best was James D'Arcy maybe because he played a real person who was interesting.

The action scenes which are very important in such a movie were ordinary. A crack Nazi unit, I thought should have been able to make a better fight.

Overall a better than average TV movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dennis Sullivan March 26, 2012
I saw a clip of this movie at a vendors stand at a militaria show and was curious about it and later got it. It reminds me of a WWII movie you would see in the 1960's but a little more fact based and there is no slowdown in the story with romance. The acting was good as was the action scenes but there are never enough action scenes for me. There were a few small issues with some of the uniforms and equipment for the historian types but nothing blatant, I watch these types for movies for the story not what type of holster or sling the characters use. If you liked " Where Eagles Dare" you would probably like this movie. Keep in mind that the good guys prevail but they pay a heavy price and not all of them make it back like they did in the 1960's movies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sean Bean Movies
This is a good collection for sean bean fans. Lots of action and ww2 references. Also has some history info on british ops from WW2. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Michael C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoy a good WWII movie with many great British actors and a storyline...
Another good WWII movie, and the first one I saw Danny Dyer in. Sean Bean is the lead actor and he is always good. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mari G. H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great war story.
Published 1 month ago by mark mccullough
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Thomas Crean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 1 month ago by Mr Mustang
4.0 out of 5 stars A GOOD MOVIE --- if you like WW2 era movies GET THIS FILM ---
Good story ... well acted .... A WELL MADE FILM ........ if you like WW2 era stuff GET THIS FILM .......
Not a ton of large scale combat or anything ..... Read more
Published 1 month ago by NED NEEDELENDER (3rd Amigo !!)
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay to while away a rainy afternoon
Really tough call...this reminds me of a cross between the "Dirty Dozen" and "Where Eagles Dare" and both of them were great movies, while "Age of Heroes"... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Age of Heros
Good War Movie, I liked Sean Bean (Sharpes Rifles BBC TV Series on DVD).
Published 3 months ago by Bartley Rejrat
2.0 out of 5 stars The film often stretches for too long hence any dynamics ...
The film often stretches for too long hence any dynamics are gone. Undercover ops behind enemy lines in greenisch uniform where there is winter in Norway - OMG. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Stefan Prugner
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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